They're taking over the town, hundreds of them, from all across the country all here for one purpose. Retrieve the pheasant, that's what Spur was raised to do, at almost three years old; Spur is ready for the triple test.
“He has to mark all three falls, remember where they land, and retrieve them,” said trainer James Brengosz. “Then the judges grade him on his ability to mark.”
Spur’s ability shined bright at the Borderline Plantation, with a little help from his handler. “He picked two marks up clean, but I had to blow the whistle to come back into it,” said handler Richard McDonald. The Master Nationals isn't for beginners, in fact these champions had to pass five tests just to get here, but for the trainers and owners it's well worth the wait.
“It's what dogs are bred to do, it promotes the sport and it promotes the sport of retrieval work,” said Thomasville resident, Harold Buckley.
But to these guys, chasing down targets and bringing them back to their handler is less like work and more like play. Organizers say about 360-retrievers are in town this week, bringing with them thousands of handler's and spectators who will generate almost $1 million to the local economy.